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Uncovered: The War on Iraq - Interviews


Published 2004


This is the original interview footage from the documentary film Uncovered: The War on Iraq, produced and directed by Robert Greenwald. The film, which has drawn attention for its pointed criticism of the Iraq war, consists largely of interviews with former government officials such as John Dean, Madeleine Albright, and Admiral Stansfield Turner. Greenwald said, ÂIn making Uncovered, I learned how cumbersome and expensive it can be to license footage from news organizations. The Creative Commons license, as used here, allows me as a filmmaker to know immediately how I can use a piece of content in my films. I could think of no better way to walk the talk myself than by releasing the interviews from Uncovered here under a license that allows other filmmakers to use my material in new and creative ways. I look forward to seeing what others do with these interviews.Â

Note: There are three parts to this video.


Audio/Visual sound, color

Reviews

Reviewer: micah6vs8 - - January 2, 2011
Subject: Hmm. Don't Some of These Reviews Look Silly Now
I was trying to find news on Iraq yesterday. Desperately. Couldn't find anything currant.
Seems the Iraqis are busy trying to develop their democracy and rebuild their country. Guess that type of news is none too sexy or doesn't get left-wing undies in a bunch. You know, the practical things of life.
Reviewer: mr_loophead - - July 28, 2007
Subject: war = wrong
bottom line.

there are too many people dying because of greed.
Reviewer: drmises - - February 1, 2006
Subject: a questionable future.
This is a thought proviking set of interviews. One can see that by reading the varied reviews. I have been puzzled by the war in iraq. I wonder how it is that a nation as priveledged and literate as our nation could so totally ignore the information that is out there before us. One reason is simple. The Executive branch of the United States has declared that you are an enemy if you do not agree with them. The administration has declared that they are willing to torture the opposition, and to ignore any law or rule that does not suit them. The message from the administartion is clear. "conform or you are in danger". "We take the right to demean, kill, torture and subjugate anyone who does not do our bidding". It is ironic that the so called land of the free and "home of the brave", is governd through fear.
I often wondered what it was like for moral German people living at the time of the rise of the third Reich. I'm afraid I no longer have to wonder.
Reviewer: CatfishClarke - - December 29, 2005
Subject: History Revision?
I am young, 20 years old, I love it that I am young and that I have all the hair on my head. I love it that I wasn't fooled into thinking that the military action on Iraq was entirely practical or needed. One of the most horrible days in our country occurred about 4 years ago and I just hung my head and hoped that they wouldn't start a big war over it. The main reaction was selfish because I new that me and my friends would be the people fighting and dying in this war, but after long contemplation about the subject I realized that there needn't be a war as long as the country treats the terrorist attacks as criminal acts. I figured the media, which controls the masses thoughts, would simply be callous and uncaring as usual calm the people down. This would have happened had the president not been so anciently patriotic by taking advantage of a country in shock and mourning and riled up hawkish feelings. He declared war on an enemy that wasn't determined yet, in the name of god and christian america. I believe the military operations on afghanistan were justified in order to quell the american people's need for vengence. But then the war on Iraq came about and it just pissed me off. America, for multiple reasons, should not imperialize. The preceding statement is founded upon economical, ideological, and practical reasoning. Wars are expensive, and without outside support our industry and wealth will be stretched thin, also trading relations would be damaged. The war is unpopular with other major countries and the world consists of many countries who all have points of views and all views need to be considered in a world where cultures are getting closer and intertwined and perhaps clashing. The UN is in existence in that spirit. War is hardly justified ever. Even the world wars could have been avoided had the people in responsibility made better decisions. It's obvious that violence begets violence. We are just pissing off the world. No George Bush is not doing a good job. His acts of violence are hard to forgive. Suddam Hussein was a tyrant because Iraq is a shitty decrepid country and in a state of unrest but he could have been handled diplomatically and peacefully. The best thing we can do to prevent terrorism is to help poorer countries become intrical parts of the world community, not to fight terrorism with American justified terrorism. George Bush is a white bin Laden.
Reviewer: JDLasica - - August 14, 2005
Subject: A chronicle of mendacity
This is a top-rate documentary that offers a devastating portrait of the administration's mendacity, from the very beginning, on every aspect of our misadventure in Iraq.

A note to the Internet Archive: Amazon and other sites routinely remove "reviews" of books and DVDs by those with political agendas who never read or watched the media item in question. The Archive should do the same.
Reviewer: LastChance - - July 7, 2005
Subject: Perfect.
Have seen the doc, think it is excellent. But you can't top these interviews for stock footage. In MPEG-2... perfect.
Reviewer: moxey - - May 26, 2005
Subject: "pay no attention"? matt?
this is why there is such hatred between the left and the right.such mistrust.
is trying to bring democracy to a region of despotism such a foolish ideal?
we are,like it or not,involved in that part of the world where tyrants and despots rule supreme.
no sympathy for the dead,women,children in the mass graves.do you know about the mass graves?
the 3-4 hundred thousand dead,murdered by a dictator?
no you did not know.why might you?
your liberal media forgot to tell you.{not part of the agenda}
what you say?,mass graves no reason to go to war?
war started by imaginary weapons?
if you liberals tell me saddam had no weapons before the war started........then there is no reason for our two sides to talk.
yes, the left in this country{and quite alot on the right}before we went to war with germany,
said that we had NO RIGHT!!!!!!to go to war because germany NEVER attacked us.
oh yes they heard about the death camps.but it was not OUR problem.
tell that to the more then 10 million dead in the camps at wars end.
oh and by the way there was no right wingers screaming "what did roosevelt know and when did he know it!!!!"
no.."roosevelt lied!!! innocent german children died!!!!!!!"
you liberals lost the vietnam war for us with your biased media
sadly the same is happening today in a war we as a nation must win.
are there lies from the right.yes
are there right wing cranks.yes
but we will never be able to work together if this kind of treasonous propaganda continues.
Reviewer: Matt LeClair - - March 14, 2005
Subject: great gift from a great director
Pay no attention to anyone who would give one star to a film they haven't seen just because they don't agree with the political views of the director. Anyone with half a brain should still be able to recognize a good documentary regardless of the director's agenda.

But I digress. Uncovered may not be as glitzy as Fahrenheit 9-11, but it is more even-handed and less sensational, letting the experts tell their side of the story of the information gathering and decision making leading up to going to war with Iraq.

Greenwald has done a great thing here in making his footage available to us. Anyone who works in any media knows that bias is impossible to avoid. Decisions such as what portions of an interview to show and in what order can effect how the viewer interperets the presented information.

In posting the interviews from his movie, Greenwald is inviting everyone to remix, re-edit, and put their own spin on the information. This is a bold move because the conclusions others may come to could be completely contradictory to Greenwald's. To the "critic" who gave this a one-star rating, I say put up or shut up. If you disagree with Uncovered, make your own documentary that isn't "revisionist". The footage is here. If Greenwald's footage is all "revisionist" then you should have no problem finding cite-able, verifiable sources to back up your assertions. Hopefully you'll have the courage of your convictions to make it open content so that anyone can remix & criticise it, as Greenwald has done.
Reviewer: crazyeddie - - January 30, 2005
Subject: hiroshima
For all those history revisionists out there, who claim that new found evidence proves that Hussein did not desire WMDs:
Remember the the Isreali strike on the Iraqi Kirsk reactor back in '81, or the gassing of the Kurds.

If Isreal did not do what they did, we would not have to worry about Iran today, they would have been turned into radioactive dust during the '80-'88 Iran-Iraq War.

Nor would we have ever had to worry about Osama, because instead of suicidal airline hijackers, the WTC would have been destroyed by an atomic bomb.

George W. Bush is doing a great job.
Next stop: Iran.
Reviewer: crazyeddie - - January 30, 2005
Subject: hiroshima
For all those history revisionists out there, who claim that new found evidence proves that Hussein did not desire WMDs:
Remember the the Isreali strike on the Iraqi Kirsk reactor back in '81, or the gassing of the Kurds.

If Isreal did not do what they did, we would not have to worry about Iran today, they would have been turned into radioactive dust during the '80-'88 Iran-Iraq War.

Nor would we have ever had to worry about Osama, because instead of suicidal airline hijackers, the WTC would have been destroyed by an atomic bomb.

George W. Bush is doing a great job.
Next stop: Iran.